The Australian Government is planning to implement a new horticultural industry labor agreement from 1st January 2020. With this new agreement, the doors of the horticulture industry will open for both skilled as well as semi-skilled migrants.
Additionally, this new agreement will prove beneficial for Horticulture farmers in Australia by getting more support from international skilled workers. This will eventually resolve the labor shortages in the Horticulture Industry. By welcoming skilled and semi-skilled workforce, Horticulture farmers can meet both quality and quantity parameters in growing vegetables and fruit, which are enjoyed by all Australians.
Regarding this new Horticultural Industry Labour Agreement, the Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services, and Multicultural Affairs, Mr. Alan Tudge said, "The Government is focused on supporting regional economies by providing horticultural employers with access to more workers. We have worked with growers and industry representatives to negotiate this agreement as it is vital our farmers maximize their hard work and economic returns. Our first priority is always to fill jobs with Australians, but the immigration system can play an important role in helping to address regional skills gaps and grow local economies.”
With this Horticultural Industry Labour Agreement, Australian Employers can Sponsor international workers in 31 occupations through Temporary Skill Shortage Visa Subclass 482. Moreover, workers can also get employer sponsorship for Permanent Residency as well through Skilled Employer-Sponsored Regional Visa Subclass 494 (Leads to permanent pathway via Subclass 191 after 3 years) and Employer Nomination Scheme Visa Subclass 186 (After being a Visa Subclass 482 holder for 4 consecutive years).
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Horticultural employers can submit an application from 1 January 2020 to the DHA in order to sponsor a skilled worker to move to Australia and fill any one of the total 31 occupations that are mentioned under the Horticultural Industry Labour Agreement.
To your surprise, there is a lot of concessions and benefits that you can access while applying through this Labour Agreement, which includes:
Salary Concessions: You can obtain up to 10% discount on your minimum annual earnings, which is also called as the TSMIT (Temporary Skill Migration Income Threshold).
English Concessions: If you are a TSS visa applicant, then you can qualify with a minimum 4.0 CLB in all four modules of IELTS and 0.5 in case of ENS and SESR visas.
Age Concessions: If you are applying via ENS or SESR visa, then you can be eligible to apply for up to 50 years of age.
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